Angie Thomas’ On the Come up was released this month and is her second novel, following the success of The Hate U Give. On the Come Up returns to Garden Heights and follows the story of 16-year-old music lover, Bri who wants to became a great rapper. But, as the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he made it big, she’s got big shoes to fill if she’s going to make it in the music world.
Another powerful coming-of-age story from Angie Thomas about freedom of speech and hip-hop, obviously, one of the book’s main themes is music. After numerous questions and requests for a Spotify playlist to accompany the book, Thomas finally revealed on Twitter that an On the Come Up playlist has been created on the music streaming site.
To accompany Angie Thomas’ book about a young battle rapper, the playlist features well-known rap artists including; Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Eminem, Drake, and 2pac – whose quote about THUG LIFE inspired the name of Thomas’ début novel, The Hate U Give.
“The Hate U – the letter U – Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody. T-H-U-G L-I-F-E. Meaning what society gives us as youth, it bites them in the ass when we wild out.”
Just press play and drag your screen around to look around the entire bookshop, and make sure you have the volume up, as Neil is telling us all about the features inside. Listen out for the Pratchett tribute too!
All of these novels are by debut authors, and they should all have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page, as all the best suspense novels do!
When the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City was opened in March 1990, it was declared “the eighth wonder of the world” by the owner. Despite the fact it was in deep debt before it had even opened, Donald Trump declared it the saviour of Atlantic City. Unfortunately the insurmountable debt would never be overcome, and Trump’s promises were unfounded. The casinos went from employing thousands and bringing in a third of the city’s gambling revenues to being accused of money laundering and being prepared for demolition. The city soon became a ghost town when the casinos collapsed under the weight of their own unsustainable economics, and many who helped set it up have still not been paid for their work.
The book will be published worldwide in several languages and is due for release in September of this year.
As well as songwriting, Mitchell is an artist in other ways. Her poetry, drawings, and paintings are soon to be released to the public in a brand new anthology. The book, Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings, is a must-have for Joni Mitchell fans as it includes hand-written lyrics and paintings. The anthology was created originally as a Christmas gift for close friends and family in the year her album Blue topped the charts.